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Force download rather than browser stream

Posted on 2003-11-04
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Simple question, is it possible to force a browser to download a (video) file rather than stream it using any default handlers set up client side?

OK, so it's a problem with IE :P but I'd like to know if there's a workaround.

Points will increase if there is a solution, I just don't want to pay out loads for a 'no' answer.
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Remind me not to visit your website. You have no business attempting to force me to download something as porky as a video file without my explicit consent. That's MY bandwidth, not yours.
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I'm not trying to 'force' a download in that sense.

We have an embedded media player (which people have to choose to load), but visitors also have the option to click to download the video file (for example if they don't have a fast enough connection to stream the video).

Unfortunately, IE intercepts a link to a WMV (possible to do with the extension, possibly to do with the MIME type) and tries to use the built in Media Player to stream it (which I don't want - after all, I don't want to use people's bandwidth unecessarily :P). My ignorance of how IE treats such links was the reason I asked the question.

What I want to do is force IE into thinking its a downloadable file and bringing up the 'Save file as...' box.

I'm sorry if my question was a little unclear, but I think your response was unecessarily harsh.

I didn't think EE was a hostile environment...
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Clarification: When I say IE tries to use the 'built in player' I mean the Windows player, not the embedded player on the site.

Just so you know.
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Ooops. Pardon me while I @remove some tootsies. Yes, I completely misinterpreted what you wanted to do. Sorry.
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Sorry about the long delay in answering.

I never really sorted the problem before, and only when going through my open questions did I have the time to fiddle and tweak.

Thanks for the link :)
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